2017 Seminario Fundación Cisneros

March 17, 2017

Centro Cultural Chacao
Av. Tamanaco
El Rosal
Caracas 1060

The international conference Show and Tell examines influential cultural producers and ground breaking exhibitions in Latin America, and presents cultural proposals for the near future in Venezuela. Specifically, the first part of the seminar draws attention to artistic communities, art exhibitions, and cultural institutions active in the 1960s and 1990s; the second part of Show and Tell is devoted to imagining projects that might be created in Venezuela in the year 2020. Through presenting case studies, Show and Tell aims to elucidate the context in which cultural production is developed.

By giving an overview of the content and framework of a given project, case studies provide historical context to consider these retrospectively and comprehend the ways in which their repercussions are manifested today. What does an institution show? What does a show tell? What makes something culturally relevant? What is it that art makes? These are the questions that Show and Tell will raise through a variety of case studies presented in different sections.

For Show and Tell, the presentations around the 1960s will focus in three key figures—Miguel Arroyo in Venezuela, Lina Bo Bardi in Brazil, and Jorge Romero Brest in Argentina—whose work contributed to build and develop new systems to create and organize the aesthetic experience and cultural institutions. Presentations about the 1990s will focus in three ground breaking exhibitions—Ante América in Bogotá, CCS 10 in Caracas, and the XXIV São Paulo Biennial—that proposed new gazes and meanings of art. Additionally, an array of texts about exhibitions from these decades have been commissioned and will be published on the website. 

The near future is considered, too: a section of Show and Tell is devoted to imagining projects that might be created in Venezuela in the year 2020. These presentations in the form of Pecha Kuchas (a format that we have been using in past editions) are exhibition and propositional platform. In addition, this seminar will have a public session in which the audience will experience historic and future exhibitions under hypnosis, as well as round tables designed for project planning.

Show and Tell´s speakers are Lupe ÁlvarezJosé Luis BlondetTomás Toledo, Inés KatzensteinLisette Lagnado and Patricia Velasco. It also includes the participation of Grisel ArveláezMaría Bilbao and Diana Rangel, Ignacio Cardona, Lourdes PeñarandaNorberto José Olivar, Érika Ordosgoitti, and Carmen Hernández. For this edition of the seminar, a unique presentation of The Hypnotic Show will be held, led by Marcos Lutyens and Raimundas Malašauskas, and developed in collaboration with Martha DuránAugusto Gerardi and Jacqueline Goldberg. Among the contributors to the CPPC´s website authoring commissioned texts for Show and Tell are Magali ArriolaMiguel LópezMauricio Marcín, Gabriela RangelCostanza De Rogatis and Aixa Sánchez.

Show and Tell, the sixth edition of the Fundación Cisneros Seminar, will take place on March 17, 2017 at Centro Cultural Chacao in Caracas, Venezuela. Like in past editions, the program includes a range of presentation formats, from lectures to workshops to online contributions. It also engages various collaborators in its development and in creating parallel programs to the conference. This seminar’s main event is a conference that includes a keynote speech.

Begun in 2011 by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC), the Seminario Fundación Cisneros is held annually, and Show and Tell is its sixth edition. It is conceptualized by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, curator of contemporary art at the CPPC. Each edition has addressed a specific topic: in 2011, Piet Mondrian: Parallel Readings studied the influence of the artist in Latin America; in 2012, The Betrayal of the Contemporary approached current artistic and cultural production; in 2013, Promises of the Commons dealt with matters of copyright; in 2014, Acts of Learning explored forms of comprehending the world through art; and, in 2015, After Landscape offered decolonizing perspectives of the traveler.

The seminar has been held in various venues in Caracas; it has always been broadcasted live and has been documented on video, which is published shortly after each event on the CPPC's website, remaining accessible to date. In this digital platform commissioned texts and other material related to the topics covered in each edition of the seminar will be additionally published. Access to the event itself and its documentation is free of charge. Previous online registration is open for the event two months in advanced, until capacity is reached.

The complete program schedule and venue information, as well as video documentation of all seminars to date, including biographies of all of the participants and briefs on their presentations, may also be found on the Seminario webpage.  

The seminar will also be livesreamed on coleccioncisneros.org.